Going to Print: Dakwäkãda Warriors by Cole Pauls

Jan 17, 2019 by

CPauls_AuthorPhoto2019_DoneHot on the heels of our last deal announcement, we’ve got yet another exciting new deal to share with you. In October 2019, we’ll be publishing Cole Pauls’ debut graphic novel, Dakwäkãda Warriors. Read on for more information about Pauls’ ground-breaking project.

About Dakwäkãda Warriors

As a young person growing up in Haines Junction YT, artist Cole Pauls performed in a traditional song and dance group called the Dakwäkãda Dancers. During that time, Pauls encountered the ancestral language of Southern Tutchone. Driven by a desire to help revitalize the language, he created Dakwäkãda Warriors, a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.

Pauls’ Elders supported him throughout the creation process by offering consultation and translation. The resulting work is a whimsical young adult graphic novel that offers an accessible allegory of colonialism. Dakwäkãda Warriors also includes a behind-the-scenes view into the making of the comic and a full-colour insert featuring character illustrations by guest Indigenous Canadian artists.


Twenty 2 Questions with Cole Pauls

1. Why did you decide to create this comic?

I wanted to create a sense of identity and strength for the youth from my hometown & the Yukon. To be portrayed in a heroic but also realistic way, where culture is power and the community is stronger because of that. I made Dakwäkãda Warriors to keep Southern Tutchone language and culture alive.

2. What do you hope your work will bring to the Canadian comics canon?

A proper portrayal of Yukon Indigenous culture, we don’t live in igloos, ya know!! I want to show the world what Southern Tutchone culture really is and how strong Indigenous culture can be when properly portrayed by someone who lives and practices it.

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